March puts the ‘sun’ in Sun Valley as days grow suddenly longer and brighter, the snow on the mountains begins to turn to corn, and the party at River Run, Roundhouse, and Warm Springs moves outside. Think bluebird skies, lots of live music, the sun on your face, and nothing to do but play all day. Lucky for so many that spring break falls smack in the middle of this munificent month. This year, the pleasures of a family spring break in Sun Valley are even more palatable with a Kids Ski Free special in March. Yes, you read that...
Another impressive and memorable season will come to a close at Dollar Mountain this weekend.
The final day each season at Baldy’s little sister mountain has become a family-friendly party of downright legendary proportions. Of course, the star of the event is the water-filled “Cold Bowl Pond Skim.”
The 6th Annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim challenges adventurous—and clearly a little bit nutty—skiers and riders to make it across the Cold Bowl. Brave challengers of just about any age start on the snow and then try to keep up enough moment and balance to cross a roughly 50-foot long pond. Most contestants crash shy of the finish line.
The splashy crashes make it an extremely popular spectator sport. With those skilled and lucky enough to make it all the way across getting bragging rights all summer!
Sign up for the pond skim starts at 9 am this Sunday, April 3rd. Entries are limited. Costumes are encouraged. Pond Skim festivities kick off at 11:30 am
Conditions continue to be great at both Dollar and Baldy. That same soft but firm spring snow that Sun Valley has long been famous for had contestants from the recent US Alpine Nationals raving.
It has also been a banner year for the park scene at Dollar. New terrain Park Manager and former X-Games snowboarder Nate Sheehan and his talented staff created a world-class variety of parks, jumps and the Super Pipe.
One of the keys to the success and popularity of Dollar’s terrain is that it offers a little something for every skillset, from the toddler-friendly rolling hills of the Prospector Park to the big gap jumps of the main park.
The spacing between areas and features also helps skiers and riders feel like they’ve got plenty of space, something most terrain parks in the country can’t usually offer.
“Most days you feel like you’ve got your own private park,” Nate said.
Everyone from local kids shredding after school to some of the best skiers and boarders in the business were stoked with the quality of terrain at Dollar this season.
Contests like the Sun Valley Freeskiing Spectacular were big hits, as were events like the Big Air Contest during the Nationals. And with more and more local kids flashing their talents at Dollar, you never know who you might see skiing or riding there these days. It could be the next X-Games stars like the Crist brothers or a future Olympic Gold Medal winner like Kaitlyn Farrington.
And the best part about the terrain parks at Dollar Mountain is that most of the action can be seen from the sundeck at Dollar Mountain Lodge. The lodge also has nice views of the Magic Carpet and the Quarter Dollar run, great for watching those new to the sports learn the joys of skiing and snowboarding.
Yes, it’s sad that Dollar Mountain will be saying farewell to another season, but at least it will do so in style. Dollar Dayz and the Cold Bowl Pond Skim promise to be another party to remember.
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